Director of Faculty Professional Development

California, United States
16 Oct 2018
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16 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University School of Medicine is one of the nation’s preeminent institutions for education, biomedical research and clinical care. Supporting close to 2,500 of the highest quality faculty, the Vice Dean is seeking a proven senior leader to support faculty professional development. 

The Director of Faculty Professional Development will design development opportunities, provide coaching, team building, conflict resolution advice, and counseling to School of Medicine faculty members. The Director will assist the Vice Dean and Associate Deans with the design and implementation of faculty mentoring programs and assure that faculty are equipped with the tools necessary to respond to the rigors of the roles they are entrusted with.

Duties include: 

  • Provide faculty with career development coaching; individually and in groups.
  • Provide high-level organizational diagnosis; including strategic analysis and leadership agenda-building.
  • Provide senior-level organizational development services including: consultation on specific organizational problems, needs assessments, team-building processes.
  • Develop faculty leadership and management development proposals, strategies, course content as needed and implements as required.
  • Develop training concepts and objectives for the School of Medicine faculty mentoring programs and helps to implement them.
  • Provide interventions to diagnose and remediate faculty workplace organizational difficulties and conflict resolution; partner with the leadership of training programs to assist faculty with improving their skills for mentorship of trainees.
  • Coordinate workplace issues with SOM Ombudsperson, Office of Academic Affairs, Wellness Office, HRG and other SOM and University offices as appropriate.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.


  • PhD in Psychology, Education or a related field 
  • Experience teaching and/or training in an academic setting


Advanced degree and ten years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. 


  • Outstanding interpersonal and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to influence and motivate constituencies which could span multiple organizational boundaries.
  • Demonstrated excellent planning, organizational and analytical skills with the ability to act independently and as part of a team. 
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound business decisions using good business judgment and innovative and creative problem-solving. Experience in or knowledge of business process improvement methodology. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage financial, organizational and staff resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to cultivate professional and business partnerships and remain calm and impartial in stressful situations.
  • Strong project planning and management skills.

Relevant subject matter expertise, including:

  • Knowledge of academic environments with respect to organizational structure and pressure associated with advancement.
  • Knowledge of adult learning theory and methods. 
  • Strong consulting and facilitation skills. 
  • Experience in conflict diagnosis and interventions. 
  • Experience in individual and group coaching and leadership development. 
  • Experience in working with leaders in developing and implementing leadership agendas, strategy, goals and objectives.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of mentoring programs.
  • Experience in instructional design or customization of training programs for adults.
  • Experience working with diverse populations, demonstrating an understanding of the cultural underpinnings of behavior.
  • Substantial experience in developing and delivering supervisory or management training.
  • Experience in team-building, communication skills, customer service, quality and behaviorally-based problem-solving techniques with an understanding of the psychological behavioral influences of motivation and performance enhancement. 


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks. 
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.

*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May work extended hours and weekends 


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors bases on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,